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The name game: Saluting generations of RIT champions

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What’s in a name? Well, from one corner of campus to another, there’s a rich legacy associated with names attached to many academic and residential halls. They honor individuals who in some way served successfully as champions of the university.

Two years ago, RIT moved to a new system designed to better identify campus facilities—weaning faculty, staff and students from the numbers that have long served as primary identifiers.

You’re likely now more accustomed to using name over number in referring to one of the university’s hallowed halls, but how familiar are you with the individuals those designations celebrate? This quiz might help you better understand what’s in a name at RIT .Match the following clues with the photos below. Answers on page 12.

  1. A key figure in the creation of Mechanics Institute, this individual founded Rochester Knitting Works, which operated locally for more than 100 years.
  2. A graduate of the domestic science department, this person was named RIT’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 1960.
  3. As a member of the House of Representatives, this individual proposed the bill to create the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
  4. The founder and long-time CEO of one of the region’s largest employers, this person served as chairman of the board at Mechanics Institute for three years, beginning in 1913.
  5. This individual played a key role in securing congressional funding for construction of the facility housing the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies and numerous CIMS research activities.
  6. Another of the Mechanic Institute’s founders, this individual was a manufacturer of dental chairs and proponent of the school’s cooperative training program.
  7. Among RIT’s top benefactors, this individual built a successful business by providing payroll services to small companies.
  8. This person led RIT as president for more than 30 years, and he also served as an economics professor and wrestling coach.
  9. In keeping with a lifelong vocation in the newspaper industry, this individual led the founding of the Empire State School of Printing, which joined Mechanics Institute in 1937.
  10. An undisputed trailblazer for many present-day engineers, this individual achieved a first by getting elected to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  11. A native of Milan, Italy, this individual and spouse received the National Design Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
  12. A long-time member of the Board of Trustees, this person was instrumental in establishing RIT’s Center for Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Technology.

Learn more about the individuals for whom halls are named after by visiting the What’s in a Name? website, compiled by RIT Libraries, at